Douglas N. Akay

San Francisco, California

Phone: (415) 764-1999


Doug is the principal of Akay Law, which he founded in 1991. Since 1996, he has been honored with the highest Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rating. Doug is an accomplished trial attorney and litigator, however he strives to resolve business disputes before initiating litigation. Doug has extensive experience in guiding matters through mediation and alternative dispute resolution to avoid trial or arbitration. Although the majority of Doug’s clients are contractors and others involving with commercial construction, residential construction, and real estate industries, many others are in the biotech and technology fields. Whether you or your company need a strong defense against claims brought against you, or an aggressive attorney to negotiate your position in collection matters, whether simple or complex, Doug is up to the challenge. He also represents individuals in employment and in financial elder abuse matters. Doug also advises many businesses in corporate and partnership issues, contract formation, negotiation, and analysis.

Doug has lectured before the San Francisco Electrical Contractors Association and the Peninsula Builders Exchange on current topics in negotiating and enforcing construction contracts, protecting mechanics’ lien rights, and all aspects of public contracting.

Doug is an expert skier, an avid fly-fisherman, plays team tennis, hikes Mt. Tamalpias with his dog, and spends time with his family.


Bar Admissions:

California State Bar, 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1987
U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1987
U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2009


University of California, King Hall School of Law, Davis, California, 1987, J.D.
University of California, Berkeley, California, 1975, B.A. in Sociology

Reported Cases:

BioGenex Labs. v. Sentara Healthcare, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 22397 (N.D. Cal. 2010)
Basic Modular Facilities v. Ehsanipour, 70 Cal. App. 4th 1480 (Cal. App. 1st Dist. 1999)
Morgan Equip. Co. v. Novokrivorogsky, 57 F. Supp. 2d 868 (N.D. Cal. 1998)
Ankoanda v. Walker-Smith, 44 Cal. App. 4th 610 (Cal. App. 1st Dist. 1996)
Liebig v. Superior Court, 209 Cal. App. 3d 828 (Cal. App. 1st Dist. 1989)


Professional Associations and Memberships:

American Bar Association, 1987 – Present
California State Bar Association, 1987 – Present
Bar Association of San Francisco, 1988 – Present

Community Service:

San Mateo County Better Business Bureau (Merged into Golden Gate BBB in 2005.)
Board of Directors (1992 – 2005), Chairman of the Board (1999 – 2001), Chairman of the Membership Committee (1995-1999), Executive Committee member (1995 – 2005).
CURE MS NOW Research Fund, a California Public Benefit Corporation
General Counsel and Board Member (1999 – 2010)
Napa County Legal Services
Board of Directors (1987 – 1988)